MFA Tuition

Photo of paintbrushes in their pouch in a studio at laguna college of art and design class.


Tuition for LCAD’s MFA programs Art of Game Design, Drawing, and Painting are calculated per unit. Because of the nature of the programs, as a student of the MFA program you pay the per-unit cost regardless of your enrollment status.

Drawing or Painting:

2023/24: $37,830/year based on 30 units or $1,261 per unit

2024/25: $39,750/year based on 30 units or $1,325 per unit

Game Design:

2023/24: $41,220/year based on 30 units or $1,374 per unit

2024/25: $43,290/year based on 30 units or $1,443 per unit


Tuition at LCAD is established annually by the Board of Trustees and is subject to change each year.

Methods of Tuition Payments

LCAD accepts cash, check, Master Card, and Visa. LCAD allows you the option to pay tuition in four (4) payments over the course of each semester you are enrolled. If you fail to make tuition payments, LCAD reserves the right to bar you from class, withhold grades, withhold diploma and/or transcripts, and/or to enforce suspension.

Tuition Refund Policy

If you withdraw from LCAD prior to completing 60% of a semester or 60% of a class less than a semester in length, a refund will be calculated on a pro-rated basis using a percentage that is proportional to the enrollment period you completed. The refund is calculated by multiplying the percentage of attendance in the class or classes by LCAD’s charges for the classes you attempted. No refunds will be paid after the 60% completion date.

LCAD Merit Scholarships

The LCAD Institutional Grant (Merit Scholarship) is offered to many students accepted for admission to LCAD. The Merit Scholarship is decided at the point of acceptance and is based on the strengths of both your academic record and your admissions portfolio. If granted, this scholarship is renewed annually for the duration of your time at LCAD, provided you stay in good academic standing—i.e., maintain satisfactory academic progress, maintain a minimum term GPA of 2.0, and have no Incompletes on your academic record.

Because of the nature of the graduate program, MFA Candidates who are awarded the Merit Scholarship will have it distributed based on the number of units enrolled in.

MFA Candidates enrolled in:

– 12–18 units receive 100%
– 11–7 units receive 50%
– 6–1 unit(s) receive 0%

Financial Aid

For additional information regarding Financial Aid resources and scholarships, please visit our Financial Aid page.